The Castel-Micro with the Novoflex ClassicBall 5 II completing a focus stacking sequence of the Fly Agaric.
Recently I have been testing and reviewing the Castel-Micro; a motorized focusing rail developed by Novoflex. There are many advantages to using a motorized rail, especially when working at higher magnifications. It can deliver greater accuracy in controlled focus advancement, and continuity in focus overlap producing images with fewer artefacts for software to correct. Another important advantage is you do not have to touch the camera assembly during the process therefore eliminating the risk of movement from the camera during the stack sequence. It is also quicker to complete the sequence than doing it manually. Photographing at magnifications beyond 1:1 opens up a whole new world of potential subjects that would be much more challenging to photograph at higher magnifications if doing it manually.
If macro photography is your main field of interest and you want to take it to the next level, using a motorised focusing rail in my opinion, is a worthwhile investment. It will certainly make the process much easier and the results more predictable particularly at higher magnifications.
For a more in-depth discussion on focus stacking and to read the full review of the Castel-Micro and its application in the field.
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Martin Grahl is the sales manager for Novoflex. He has produced a highly informative video on the Castel-Micro and how to get the best from it! Click the link below. For further information about Novoflex products visit their website.